Erection of courthouse statue ‘Ground Tied’ hits another snag

By 
Hunter Herbaugh
Thursday, November 18, 2021
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The Ground Tied Statue, the work of local artist Pamela Harr, will eventually be placed in a courtyard at the Dawson County Courthouse. Ranger-Review file photo

Although anticipation was building for the installation of a new sculpture in front of the court house last month, that project has been delayed once again, primarily due to miscommunication.

The installation of the bronze sculpture, titled “Ground Tied” and created by local artist Pamela Harr, has been delayed for over a year due to issues with the concrete base. The base was constructed in front of the Dawson County Court House last year but the final result turned out to be aesthetically unpleasing, as the concrete came out looking rough and bumpy rather than smooth, and the sprinkler lines for the court house lawn were not put in place before the concrete was poured.

The concrete was donated by Fisher Sand and Gravel and the Dawson County Commissioners have requested that it be redone. Fisher Operations Manager Mike Newton stated earlier this fall that he expected the redo to be done by the end of October, but that never occurred. He said that was primarily because he was still trying to gather resources. Specifically, he noted that the contractor he has lined up to tear the old concrete out got hung up on another job.

“Gordon Almond, with Almond Construction, is going to be tearing it out. He thought he was gonna do it last week and then one of his other jobs flowed over,” he said.

Newton suspects that Almond could still be able to tear out the concrete as soon as this week. However Almond noted while he can remove the concrete basically anytime, he does have some concerns about putting in new concrete. He will not be putting in the new concrete himself but noted that between the wind that is being forecasted for the next couple of days and the inevitability that winter is coming, he’s not sure if replacing the concrete right now is a good idea.

“The wind could be an issue, that makes it hard to transport gravel, and if it gets torn out and the weather turns bad, it will be a hole all winter,” Almond said. “In my opinion, it’s sat like this for about a year, it can wait a little bit longer. If the ones pouring it waited until early April/early May, it’d be easier and the results would be better.”

Almond also noted that his company is currently working on other projects and while he understands the frustration with the concrete not being fixed, he doesn’t believe it constitutes an emergency. So if his other projects need to take priority over the court house concrete, they will.

Still, he said he would go ahead with the demolition work whenever Newton says he can, though he also noted that he’d be getting in touch with Newton to talk about the concerns he has.

Reach Hunter Herbaugh at rrreporter@rangerreview. com.

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